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Paperback Les Miserables Book

ISBN: 0140444300

ISBN13: 9780140444308

Les Miserables

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"He was no longer Jean Valjean, but No. 24601" Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged...

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A very interesting book

I had heard a lot about "the brick", and decided to read it. It's a great story. I'm glad I got the unabridged version; Victor Hugo included an amazing amount of history and detail that I wouldn't have wanted to miss. Would definitely recommend! For anyone wondering, I bought the Signet Classics version.

Not just vacation reading but a whole vacation

Can I review this edition of Hugo's masterpiece without having read other editions? I can't speak to the ability of the translator but several awards have established her credentials. What I do know is that this book is one of the wonders of the world. It is big enough to live in for months and comfortable enough that I have no desire to move on to something else. I am desperately concerned for the characters. Sometimes I have to stop reading because I am so afraid of what will happen next. But after each particularly grueling episode in this book, we are allowed to rest in one of Hugo's grand digressions. Pace previous translators who have cut out the "unnecessary" bits of this book, I want to read and enjoy every word that Hugo wrote. The digressions are history lessons, social commentaries that could stand alone. I am glad I saved this magnificent novel for my golden years.


When I bought this book, I had already read the full version of Les Miserables- Which is AMAZING, by the way. This version cuts out the descriptions of both the covent and Waterloo which rather improved it. Those parts are still very good writing; but when I want to find out what happens next to Jean Valjean and Cosette and instead I get 100 pages telling me about this convent, well, It gets a tad frusterating. Especially since you can't tell whether it's important or not. (and believe me, it isn't.) So, those cuts were good. However, I was very disapointed at the cut of a lot of Marius's love letter to Cosette. The editors kept a few lines, but it loses the flow and beauty of the original letter. Yes, I know the letter was four pages to begin with, but I still think that it's worth reading. On the whole, this version is worth buying, as the story isn't hurt at all by the cuts. But the original version is still worth reading.

Long but worth the read

I have had the CD of the Original London Cast Musical of Les Miserable for about 10 years and have been a huge fan but nothing could prepare me for the book which although a long and hard read, is the most amazing book I have ever read. Everyone has something to learn from it and if you are looking for a reason to read it heres a reason: in the words of the great Victor Hugo himself : "As long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this can never be useless."

Worth every minute, every page, every accolade it gets

Bar none, Les Mis is the BEST book I have ever read. I don't usually like very descriptive writers (i.e. Thomas Hardy), but even the in-depth writing of the French Revolution kept me glued. I carried this book with me everywhere and read every minute I could. I truly felt Valjean's emotions through Hugo's writing, and I was rooting for Marius and Cosette even though I already knew the story! The best book ever written.

A nice companion to "The story of Miss Saigon..."

At times this lovely book gets a little slow, but the more than sufficient cast photos and full libretto make up for the lacking of quantity...I only wish Eddie had written this one after "The Concert." The comments would have been limitless. Did we HEAR Lea Salonga? Genius...pure genius.
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